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Arsenal have signed a top talent who 'puts a smile on your face', Edu has played a blinder - TBR View

Arsenal were in dire straits going into transfer deadline day, sitting bottom of the Premier League table literally pointless as well as goalless.

However, things have changed dramatically since then, with three league wins in a row and a goalless draw last time out.

Arsenal had numerous players out early on in the season, who are now back, while Mikel Arteta’s decision to replace Bernd Leno with Aaron Ramsdale has reaped dividends.

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And another key element was the arrival of a talented 22-year-old defender from a modest Italian club, who has very quickly become a fan favourite at the Emirates.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu joined Arsenal from Bologna in a £19.8million deal on deadline day.

He penned a four-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, with the option of a fifth.

Tomiyasu has has helped shore up the Gunners defence, who have conceded just once in September en route to 10 points.

And the Japan international has been recognised with the club’s Player of the Month accolade.

Tomiyasu received 51 percent of the votes cast, with Aaron Ramsdale in second and Emile Smith Rowe in third place.

The Arsenal media team asked Arteta what managing Tomiyasu is like, and he replied: “A joy.

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“He is so excited, you can see that for him it is a dream to be here and he is doing it in the right manner.

“With the passion but with the right commitment, and as well with the right amount of self assurance that he is capable of doing it.

“I’m very impressed, he has done it in a really natural way.

“It puts a smile on your face when you look at him, for how he communicates, how he is.”

You’ve got to say, for all of the criticism levelled at Arteta and Edu from time to time, they’ve played a blinder here.

In Tomiyasu, they’ve signed an incredibly talented young player with the perfect attitude, as well as snapping up a player Spurs were also linked with, for an absolute bargain price.

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